Walker focusing on ‘next game’
by Ericka Birdsong
MDJ Sports Writer
October 04, 2012 11:06 PM | 1493 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time in the school’s history, Walker is 4-0 and looking to keep the streak going as it takes on the Mount Pisgah tonight.

With such a record, the team could fall victim to reading its press clippings, but coach John East and his coaching staff have tried to keep the team level-headed.

“We’re staying focused. It’s high school football so they lose focus at times, but they’re doing good,” he said.

The Wolverines have operated this season on the motto, “win the next game.”

East has taught his team to focus on the next game, not the full season or the record. When asked by others how he thinks the game each week will go, East said he simply replies, “I’ll let you know at 10 o’clock on Friday.”

With the team off to such a good start, the expectations of the school and community are high.

“Some people thought we could do it, but more so that we would come up short, so I definitely think their expectations have risen, “ East said.

Those expectations have come from Walker outscoring its opponents 161-48 over the first four contests and have followed the lead of team captain Evan Kasian. The senior running back leads the offense with 767 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

Tonight’s game against Mount Pisgah marks the first subregion contest that counts in the overall standings and is the first of six straight games to close out the regular season. Mount Pisgah may also provide the biggest hurdle to clear for the Wolverines starting the season 9-0.

As they go into this crucial part of the season, East said the first four games have been a great help to the team as it has seen its strengths, as well as given their younger guys valuable experience in case they are needed later.

“It’s been great. We’ve got the strength of numbers and the depth.” East said. We get to rest some of our older guys”.
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